HOOVER, Ala. — Kentucky made a quick exit in the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament, losing a single-elimination, first-round game 6-3 against Auburn on Tuesday.
Daniel Robert and Jackson Burgreen each had three hits and Cole Lipscomb pitched 72⁄3 strong innings for the Tigers.
Kentucky (30-25) came in to the tournament needing a couple of wins to solidify its case for an NCAA Tournament bid. The loss leaves the team on the bubble for when the field is announced on Monday.
"We didn't do a lot to help ourselves in the first six innings, clearly," UK Coach Gary Henderson told a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. "After the fourth I thought we were in fairly good shape, compared to what it could have been."
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Lipscomb (8-2) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out nine. He didn't issue a walk.
"The player of the game is obviously Cole Lipscomb," Henderson said. "We're not the first team who has had trouble with him."
Auburn (35-22) will face regular- season champion LSU (46-9) on Wednesday, when the tournament switches to a double- elimination format.
Ka'ai Tom led off the seventh inning with a solo home run for Kentucky (30-25) and had two RBI.
Burgreen had a two-run triple in the fourth for Auburn. He and Robert both drove in two runs.
Kentucky scored two runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Tom and Kyle Barrett. Tom had three hits.
Missouri 5, South Carolina 1: Reggie McClain threw seven impressive innings to lead Missouri past South Carolina in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The seventh-seeded Tigers (30-26) face No. 2 Vanderbilt on Wednesday.
South Carolina (32-25) is eliminated and now in serious danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 16 years.
Alabama 6, Mississippi 1: Geoffrey Bramlett pitched a complete game and struck out 10 batters, leading Alabama over Mississippi.
The Crimson Tide (31-26) plays Texas A&M on Wednesday. Ole Miss (30-26) was knocked out.
Bramlett (8-3) allowed nine hits, all singles, and didn't walk anybody.
Alabama gave him all the cushion he needed with a four-run seventh inning, including Casey Hughston's RBI double.